Team USATF announces roster for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

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This is one of the best Olympic Track & Field teams ever named for the US. I am quite happy with the entire team. From sprints to throws to middle distances to distances, this is a solid team.

My only beef is that there will be so much copy about Sha'Carri Richardson not being put on the 4x100m relay squad, and it will be one of those things that Olympic beat reporters, who write about track & field once every four years, and have no idea a)just how strong the US team is, b) have an idea on how anti-doping works and c) how this would not be tolerated in any other sport.

0D46DEB8-85DA-4366-BF4D-AF6445D35464.jpgSydney McLaughlin, Delilah Muhammad, Anna Cockrell, 400m hurdles, photo by Kevin Morris /Kevmofoto

I will take up the Sha'Carri situation in its own piece, later tonight. One must remember, as Sha'Carri Richardson has a 30-day punishment, her result from the Olympic Trials is no longer relevant. She can still be named to the relay pool, but only if the head Women's coach asks for that, and it seems that the coaching staff may feel that rewarding someone for violating a WADA rule, is not a good precedent.

And here's the deal. If the USATF team does not win the 4x100m, good luck getting that off NBC. As Coach John Chaplin, an Olympic coach in the past once told me, "the only thing an Olympic coach is remembered for is if the batons get around the track."

INDIANAPOLIS - The U.S. Olympic Track & Field roster is in place for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games featuring a bevy of veterans combined with a legion of 81 first-time Olympians set to don the red, white and blue as the Olympic Games take place July 23 - August 8.

NBC has announced a robust coverage schedule, ensuring fans will have access to athletics events whether live or on-demand. Click here for the broadcast and streaming schedule.

Team USATF boasts 13 defending medalists from the 2016 Rio Games, six defending 2019 World Champions, and eight 2021 NCAA Division I Champions. Experienced headliners include five-time Olympians Allyson Felix (400m) and 44-year-old Abdi Abdirahman (marathon) combined with 19 collegiate first-timers. Team USATF's youngest athlete is 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton, the prep star from Riverview, Florida who turned pro in 2021 after his junior year of high school. Knighton set two world junior records last month at Hayward Field in Oregon. Athing Mu is the second youngest athlete at age 19. Mu dominated NCAAs and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials last month, and is considered a medal contender in the women's 800m. She turned pro after one year at Texas A&M.

Perhaps the most anticipated events for Team USATF are the women's 400m hurdles and the men's shot put. Defending Olympic and world champion Dalilah Muhammad will once again go up against fellow American Sydney McLaughlin, who broke Muhammad's world record at the Olympic Trials final, crossing the line in 51.90. McLaughlin is now the only woman in history to run the event in under 52 seconds.

Americans dominated the men's shot put in recent international team competitions and the Games will be no exception. Reigning Olympic champion Ryan Crouser made his stated intentions a reality by setting the world record while winning the Olympic Trials (23.37m/76-8.25), and defending World Champion Joe Kovacs will provide ample exciting competition when he takes to the ring in Tokyo.

LSU's JuVaughn Harrison, the Olympic Trials champion in both events, is the first man in nearly 100 years to double in the men's high jump and long jump and is expected to double in Tokyo. Two-time Olympic silver medalist Will Claye is a contender in the men's triple jump returning from a near-career-ending Achilles injury from 2019.

Gabby Thomas, a neurobiology major from Harvard who is getting her masters in epidemiology, qualified for the team in the 200m clocking a Trials record and equaled the third-fastest time in history to win in 21.61, taking over the No. 2 spot on the all-time world performer list behind only Florence Griffith-Joyner.

Brittney Reese, the Olympic gold and silver medalist, four-time world champion and eight-time USATF Champion in the women's long jump, heads to her fourth Olympic Games after claiming her fourth consecutive Trials title.

There are three current outdoor world record holders: Crouser, McLaughlin, and women's 100m hurdler Keni Harrison; while Grant Holloway and Crouser hold World Indoor records. At the Olympic Trials, Holloway came just .01 shy of breaking Aries Merritt's 110m hurdles 12.80 world record.

In addition to world records, reigning American record holders competing in their events at the Tokyo Olympic Games include: DeAnna Price (women's hammer throw), Rudy Winkler (men's hammer throw), Ajee' Wilson (women's 800m), Sam Kendricks (men's pole vault), Sandi Morris (women's pole vault), Tori Franklin (women's triple jump), Valarie Allman (women's discus), Kara Winger (women's javelin) and Courtney Frerichs (women's 3,000m steeplechase).

Athletics is set to begin on Friday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m. JST in Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. For the full schedule, visit here. USA Track & Field's Olympic Games hub on usatf.org will provide recaps, athlete bios, TV schedule and more.

USATF Olympic Team Roster

Event

First Name

Last Name

Event

First Name

Last Name

M 100m

Trayvon

Bromell

W 100m

Javianne

Oliver

M 100m

Ronnie

Baker

W 100m

Teahna

Daniels

M 100m

Fred

Kerley

W 100m

Jenna

Prandini

M 100m - 4x100m Relay

Kenny

Bednarek

W100m - 4x100m Relay

Gabby

Thomas

M 200m

Noah

Lyles

W 200m

Gabby

Thomas

M 200m

Kenny

Bednarek

W 200m

Jenna

Prandini

M 200m

Erriyon

Knighton

W 200m

Anavia

Battle

M 400m

Michael

Norman

W 400m

Quanera

Hayes

M 400m

Michael

Cherry

W 400m

Allyson

Felix

M 400m

Randolph

Ross

W 400m

Wadeline

Jonathas

M 400m - 4x400 Relay

Trevor

Stewart

W 400m - 4x400m Relay

Kendall

Ellis

M 800m

Clayton

Murphy

W 800m

Athing

Mu

M 800m

Isaiah

Jewett

W 800m

Raevyn

Rogers

M 800m

Bryce

Hoppel

W 800m

Ajee'

Wilson

M 1500m

Cole

Hocker

W 1500m

Elle

Purrier

M 1500m

Matthew

Centrowitz

W 1500m

Cory

McGee

M 1500m

Yared

Nuguse

W 1500m

Heather

MacLean

M 3000mSC

Hillary

Bor

W 3000mSC

Emma

Coburn

M 3000mSC

Benard

Keter

W 3000mSC

Courtney

Frerichs

M 3000mSC

Mason

Ferlic

W 3000mSC

Val

Constien

M 5000m

Paul

Chelimo

W 5000m

Elise

Cranny

M 5000m

Grant

Fisher

W 5000m

Karissa

Schweizer

M 5000m

Woody

Kincaid

W 5000m

Rachel

Schneider

M 10,000m

Woody

Kincaid

W 10,000m

Emily

Sisson

M 10,000m

Grant

Fisher

W 10,000m

Karissa

Schweizer

M 10,000m

Joe

Klecker

W 10,000m

Alicia

Monson

M 110mH

Grant

Holloway

W 100mH

Keni

Harrison

M 110mH

Devon

Allen

W 100mH

Christina

Clemons

M 110mH

Daniel

Roberts

W 100mH

Gabbi

Cunningham

M 400mH

Rai

Benjamin

W 400mH

Sydney

McLaughlin

M 400mH

Kenny

Selmon

W 400mH

Dalilah

Muhammad

M 400mH

David

Kendziera

W 400mH

Anna

Cockrell

M Long Jump

JuVaughn

Harrison

W Long Jump

Brittney

Reese

M Long Jump

Marquis

Dendy

W Long Jump

Tara

Davis

M Long Jump

Steffin

McCarter

W Long Jump

Quanesha

Burks

M Triple Jump

Will

Claye

W Triple Jump

Keturah

Orji

M Triple Jump

Donald

Scott

W Triple Jump

Tori

Franklin

M Triple Jump

Chris

Benard

W Triple Jump

Jasmine

Moore

M High Jump

JuVaughn

Harrison

W High Jump

Vashti

Cunningham

M High Jump

Darryl

Sullivan

W High Jump

Rachel

McCoy

M High Jump

Shelby

McEwen

W High Jump

Tynita

Butts-Townsend

M Pole Vault

Chris

Nilsen

W Pole Vault

Katie

Nageotte

M Pole Vault

Sam

Kendricks

W Pole Vault

Morgann

LeLeux

M Pole Vault

K.C.

Lightfoot

W Pole Vault

Sandi

Morris

M Shot Put

Ryan

Crouser

W Shot Put

Jessica

Ramsey

M Shot Put

Joe

Kovacs

W Shot Put

Raven

Saunders

M Shot Put

Payton

Otterdahl

W Shot Put

Adelaide

Aquilla

M Discus

Mason

Finley

W Discus

Valarie

Allman

M Discus

Reggie

Jagers

W Discus

Rachel

Dincoff

M Discus

Sam

Mattis

W Discus

Kelsey

Card

M Javelin

Curtis

Thompson

W Javelin

Maggie

Malone

M Javelin

Michael

Shuey

W Javelin

Kara

Winger

W Javelin

Ariana

Ince

M Hammer

Rudy

Winkler

M Hammer

Daniel

Haugh

W Hammer

DeAnna

Price

M Hammer

Alex

Young

W Hammer

Brooke

Andersen

W Hammer

Gwen

Berry

Decathlon

Garrett

Scantling

Decathlon

Steven

Bastien

Heptathlon

Annie

Kunz

Decathlon

Zach

Ziemek

Heptathlon

Kendell

Williams

Heptathlon

Erica

Bougard

4x100m Relay Pool

Micah

Williams

4x100m Relay Pool

Cravon

Gillespie

W 4x100m Relay Pool

English

Gardner

W 4x100m Relay Pool

Aleia

Hobbs

4x400m Relay Pool

Vernon

Norwood

4x400m Relay Pool

Elija

Godwin

W 4x400m Relay Pool

Kaylin

Whitney

W 4x400m Relay Pool

Lynna

Irby

4X400m Mixed Relay Pool

Bryce

Deadmon

4x400m Mixed Relay Pool/Alternate

Wil

London

4x400m Mixed Relay Pool

Taylor

Manson

4x400m Mixed Relay Pool/Alternate

Shae

Anderson

20km Racewalk

Nick

Christie

20km Racewalk

Robyn

Stevens

Marathon

Galen

Rupp

Marathon

Abdi

Abdirahman

Marathon

Sally

Kipyego

Marathon

Jake

Riley

Marathon

Molly

Seidel

Marathon

Aliphine

Tuliamuk

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